First and foremost, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the Law and Justice party (PiS), are responsible for the far-right’s rising to power in Europe after the May European elections, Frans Timmermans says. The Party of European Socialists’s (PES) candidate explained this at the center-left Democratic Party in Italy congress, after writing in Politico’s Europe latest edition that according to surveys, it is almost certain that the two largest political party families in the European Parliament will not get enough votes to form a majority coalition in the European Parliament. (the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) and the The Party of European Socialists’s (PES))
Timmermans believes that, if the voters will vote the right-wing EPP, they risk that the European far-right will be put into power.
“EU citizens need to know that if they vote for the middle right, they run the risk of ultimately being bound up with the far-right coalition. I see frightening trends in the EU and national parliaments. The success of the far-right is linked to how Europe handled the issue of migration. Italians feel they have been left in the crisis, but the EB is not wrong. Matteo Salvini Italian Interior Minister’s friends bear the responsibility, Viktor Orbán and Jaroslaw Kaczynski”, he said.
The main rival of Timmermans, Manfred Webert, has long been criticized for being too promising to Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary and other politicians who hold illiberal views within the EPP.
The Dutch-born politician recently spoke in the European Parliament on the debate on the rule of law in Hungary, where he explained that he was not fighting against a Member State that did not want to receive migrants, but only to comply with the obligations that Hungary itself had undertaken.
“We are doing exactly the same as in any other country’s case, no more, no less,” he explained.
In response to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s call on a radio show, Timmermans said:
“Honestly, I would really worry if Viktor Orbán would praise me.”